As we approach the turn of the year from 2013 to 2014 I can’t forget all
the good times I had as a dog handler. Yes, there were trying times,
but when those happened, you had your buddies around to support you.
thing that has been on my mind recently is what do I do with all my
memories? Do I let them fade into history or do I arrange to pass them
on to others so they can be part of history?
Perhaps the VDHA
should establish a central repository for K-9 related items that members
have donated. I do not want to lose anything to the dumpster. Start
gathering items together that you would like to donate to history.
am trying to establish a traveling war dog museum that will be at major
events, both military and civilian. In order to do this we will need
K-9 related items and money. If you have either items or money you are
willing to donate, please go ahead and send them to the VDHA. The
traveling museum I envision will be for all war dogs, not just the
If you can, please try to contact a former VDHA
member in order to get them back into active membership. The VDHA also
has full membership available now for anyone who was a military dog
handler, regardless of where they served.
As the holidays approach,
please remember those who are in poor health. A kind word or a short
visit can really make a big difference.
Posted by Robert Hubbard
35th SPS (Phan Rang)
I had an appointment at
my VA today and while there I met a mother with her son. His last name was Cook
from Norwood, NC. He was in his twenties and you could tell he had problems.
Here's the story:
He was one of the Ft. Hood victims and was shot five times, three times in the
back, once in the head, and once in his private parts. He was shot while
covering one of his buddies from being shot, he jumped in front of the shooter
and laid down on top of his buddy when he saw the shooter was getting ready to
shoot him and took the shots instead. A real hero! He got his final military discharge
last month from the Army.
Now the shame. He does not get any VA benefits from the shooting, he got no
medals, and he gets no service related disability pay since it is not considered
service related. He gets no travel pay to the VA and now that he has been
discharged from the Army, no pay. His mom said they are fighting the rulings
but it has them stressed. I told her I felt this was wrong and hoped they get this
matter resolved as soon as possible.
They are in my prayers and hope this member- ship will do the same.
I met a hero today......
The VDHA was organized in 1993 by a group of six veteran war
dog handlers that served during the Vietnam Conflict. One of their
original goals was to search for and re-unite veteran war dog handlers
and honor the memory of their war dog partners.
As a result, the VDHA
has grown from six members to approximately 2000 members. Our
membership consists of veteran war dog handlers and dog loving
supporters of all ages and gender.
Many members have been featured in
the print and film media, and during many of our nation's annually
scheduled patriotic events. A significant achievement is the highly
acclaimed TV documentary, "War Dogs, America's Forgotten Heroes." We
welcome the informational contributions of all dog handlers from all
The VDHA was founded with three core objectives in mind:
Educate the public of the accomplishments of dog handlers in the United
States Armed Forces during the Vietnam Conflict and the dogs that
served with them.
• Provide opportunities for the research and preparation of a detailed history of the use of dogs in the Vietnam Conflict.
• Locate and provide fellowship among dog handlers of all US Armed Services.
The VDHA continues to be a part of war dog memorial projects throughout the country. Some have since been dedicated and more are on the horizon.
Getting the US Postal Service to issue a War Dog Stamp that honors the service and sacrifice of the nation's war dogs is one of our goals.
Educating the public on what these incredible four-footed animals have done to save American lives on the battlefields of foreign Wars is always in the forefront of every effort we support or sponsor.
During every modern War, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Iraq, men have volunteered to serve as "Dog Handlers." The military duty of having served with a dog in War is a bonding relationship and memorable experience like no other, that lasts a lifetime.